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review 2015-04-21 00:00
The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2)
The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2) - Amish Tripathi Twist and turn! Impeccable shiva.
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review 2013-09-28 17:31
Early Unraveling of Charming by Elliott James
Charming - Elliott James

Title: Charming

Series: Pax Arcana Book One
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
John Charming isn't your average Prince... 

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?
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My Thoughts

A copy was provided through NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

When I first heard of this book I was really excited. We are talking Knight Templars and fairy tales here, how could you not get excited? But then I started seeing an influx of low ratings and it put a damper on my feelings. I wanted this book to be great! And it seemed like it was going to disappoint. I requested it anyway cause I just had to find out for myself.  So what did I find out? I found out this book wasn't mind-blowing or amazing, but it was far from bad either. It was good enough.

I think the biggest problem people will have is the info-dumping, because there is a lot of it, and not just in the start it's throughout the whole book. The thing is though, that while I knew it was coming across as info-dumping and not just seamless world-building it was detracting from the story that much either. Yes there was a staggering amount of it, but mostly I just found the whole thing interesting, like how it turns out the reason we wave our hand in greeting was to show the person that our knife-wielding hand was empty. Maybe some people will find it annoying or useless, but I liked it. There was also a purpose for it, but I won't go into that.

Speaking of world-building, it was awesome. There are so many myths and legends woven together to make up this new world that I found it fascinating. It wasn't just western world myths either, it was eastern as well, with mentions of the Nagas, Buddhism and Hinduism. Everything played a role here. From the most obscure detail that most people wouldn't have through twice about, here it was giving some kind of meaning and reason for it, and yes explained. But again, I didn't mind, I liked knowing how everything tied together and where everything came from.

Next up we have the characters. I liked them all! It was a rag tag group of misfits both supernatural and human alike. Each with their own back stories, motivations and skills that added to their impromptu monster hunting group. I specially liked Molly and her odd ways of coping of things. As for our main character, I liked how smart and accepting he was of people. That may be a bit contradictory but he made it work. He would keep his suspicion of people always in the back of his mind, but he was also willing to work with and accept these misfits. In short, he was a pretty great character, they were all nicely fleshed out.

As for the plot, it all started as some random vampire hunting that just escalated very quickly and then took some very interesting twists and turns that kept entertained the whole way through. And to add some more spice to it, there was some romance that I must say was handled quite well. There was no insta-love/lust. Just some good old-fashioned attraction with flirty banter every now and then getting a bit more serious towards the end. But it all felt real and it evolved and what felt like a reasonable pace.

After all that, what I'm simply trying to say is, if you like urban fantasy, give this book a try, don't let the info-dumping turn you off or intimidate you, you'll at the very least enjoy this unique world.



Would I Recommend it?

Source: unraveling-words.blogspot.com/2013/09/early-unraveling-of-charming-by-elliott.html
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review 2012-12-30 00:00
The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2)
The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2) - Amish Tripathi Quite an apt sequel considering the first book! Simple narration, Very gripping at some parts. I liked the author’s interpretation and imagination of Lord Shiva’s story in his own way (it’s better not to compare with the original story). There were quite a few twists and turns which took me by surprise a nice one though! Specially The Nagas relationship with Sati. But the most disappointing part was the ending.. I mean after soo.. many wars so many arguments I had expected a great ending but I did not get one. I guess I have to check out the 3 part for that! So would give this book 3.5/5
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review 2012-12-25 00:00
The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2) - Amish Tripathi 2.5“The opposite of love is not hate. Hate is just love gone bad. The actual opposite of love is apathy.”And that pretty much sums up my feelings for this book – not love, not hate. Just apathy.It hurts me that I cannot give this book a better rating. All things considered, The Secret of the Nagas deserves at least a three, for the sheer ingenuity of its concept. But my ratings are always based on how intensely a book affects me, and as frustrating as it is to admit, this book did not affect me in any way.I tried; I really, truly tried. Considering how disappointing the first book was, I kept my expectations low this time around. I pretty much ignored the clumsy writing and the clichéd characterisation, keeping my focus only on the story. I hoped that would make me like this book better than its predecessor.But it just didn’t work.Battles were being fought, and I didn’t care. People died, and I didn’t care. Surprises were being revealed, and I didn’t care – probably because I figured them out way early. (I deduced by page 50 that the Naga man was probably Sati’s first-born son. And I always suspected Brahaspati was alive, since his body was never found. I mean, isn’t that the golden rule of Bollywood??) Even the humour felt painfully contrived.Also, I could never really picture this in my head. The characters never felt like real people, and since I couldn’t visualise them, I couldn’t empathise with them. There was an instant when I just couldn’t make myself read any further, because doing so seemed increasingly like a chore. And the eye-roll moments definitely didn’t help. (Like how every new character just has to fall down on his knees before Shiva and cry copious amounts of tears. And when Kartik is born and Shiva picks up Ayurvati in his arms and swings her in a circle... Cringe-worthy.) I would still say this: The imagination gone into crafting this story is spectacular. So please don’t let my review change your mind about giving this one a go. So the book didn’t work for me. Sad. Doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Besides, The Shiva Trilogy is multitudes above the insipid, tacky love-stories that so many Indian authors regularly churn out. And for that alone, it at least deserves to be read.If only the writing were as exciting.... *sigh*
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review 2012-08-06 00:00
The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy 2)
The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy 2) - Amish Tripathi The highly anticipated sequel to the 'Immortals of Meluha' is written with much more authority on the subject and plot compared to the first part, however, there are still some chinks in the style of the author with respect to consistency of language and style as well as building up the suspense for the reader. That said, a much better second part which has to be rated better than the first one.
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